Castletownbere  is a small town located on the southwest coast of Ireland, in West Cork, on Berehaven harbour near the entrance to Bantry Bay. It is also known as Castletown Berehaven. The name of the town comes from the former MacCarthy Castle which is no longer standing.

The town grew and developed from a tiny fishing village as a result of  the setting up of a British naval base on Bere Island after the Napoleonic Wars and the development of copper mining in Allihies from 1812 onwards led to the growth of the town. As a result of this  St. Peter’s Church of Ireland was built in 1841 i n the heart of the town.

Up until just after the second world war there was a full time Rector in Castletownbere who looked after ‘Beara Union of Parishes’ which was made up of the ancient parishes of Kilcatherine, Kilaconenagh,  Kilcaskin and Kilnamanagh. It had two Churches then - St. Peter, Castletownbere and Holy Trinity, Glengarriff.  

Beara Union of Parishes continued to function as an independent unit, under the pastoral care of Kilmocomogue Union of Parishes, until 2004 when it was incorporated into Kilmocomogue. St. Peter’s Church was sold in 2017 to the local Community Development Association.

Church of Ireland Services are held monthly at Castletownbere Hospital, by kind permission from the Matron. Phone the rector (+353 2761011) for details of that service.

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St. Peter’s Church lies within the heart of the town and local community.

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